Man lauded by police after catching upskirt video suspect at Marsiling MRT station

Mr Goh Tong En was given a Public Spiritedness Award by Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Evon Ng in a ceremony at the Public Transport Security Command on Aug 16, 2018.
Mr Goh Tong En was given a Public Spiritedness Award by Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Evon Ng in a ceremony at the Public Transport Security Command on Aug 16, 2018.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - An engineer who confronted and stopped a 27-year-old man from taking upskirt videos of a woman has been commended for his public-spiritedness.

Mr Goh Tong En, 26, was given a Public Spiritedness Award in a police ceremony held on Thursday (Aug 16) at the Public Transport Security Command.

In a statement, the police said that on July 27, Mr Goh was on an escalator at Marsiling MRT station when he noticed that the man in front of him had placed his mobile phone underneath a woman's skirt.

He approached the man and managed to detain him at the MRT station.

Mr Goh said he had been going to work that day when he saw the man linger at the bottom of an escalator.

"He was blocking everyone and I thought it was weird. Even if he was waiting for someone, people usually don't wait in front of an escalator," he said.

"Then, he turned suddenly and shoved past two other commuters to squeeze on a step behind this lady on the escalator. I thought they knew each other but they did not speak. I found it quite odd so I continued to observe him."

Mr Goh, who was a few steps behind the man on the escalator, then noticed that the man had his phone on camera mode and promptly stepped forward and confronted the man in Mandarin, telling him "you know what you're doing".

With the help of another commuter, Mr Goh informed train station staff of the incident.

Mr Goh added: "It's quite instinctive for me to help when I see something like that. Even though the man was taller and more well-built than me, I wasn't thinking too much when I approached him.

"I've seen upskirt videos and pictures leaked online before and I think it's not very nice and such actions should be stopped."

Mr Goh also urged commuters, both men and women, to be more aware and vigilant of their surroundings.

This is not the first time that alert commuters have managed to catch suspects attempting to take upskirt videos red-handed.

Mr Fitri Hakim, 27, noticed a man recording a video on an escalator going up at Bishan MRT station in May this year. The man appeared to be filming up the skirt of a woman in front of him.

 
 

The man was arrested after Mr Fitri caught the man and brought him to the authorities at the station.

The Public Spiritedness Award was also given in June this year to Mr Keith Goldfinch, a British engineer at Rolls-Royce, who caught and restrained a man who had taken upskirt videos of female commuters at Newton MRT station.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Evon Ng, deputy commander of Public Transport Security Command who presented the award to Mr Goh, said: "The police are thankful to Mr Goh for his display of public spiritedness. Such acts go a long way to help deter crime on the public transport network."

She added: "Commuters are advised to be vigilant to their surroundings when travelling in the public transport network.

"Besides being able to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime, they can also help the police keep the public transport network safe by becoming our eyes and ears on the ground."